Summer Sermon Series
Praying the Psalms:
A Healthy Emotional Exercise
July 3, 10, 24, 31 and August 7, 14
The Psalms have been called the Prayer Book
of Scripture. They express the vast spectrum of human emotion and experience-from joyful exuberance to righteous rage, from the heights of success to the depths of grief and despair, from hopeful confidence to fearful reticence.
The raw words of Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” can be juxtaposed with the comforting words of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want,” simply because in our day-to-day lives, in some moments we feel abandoned by God and in others quite comforted. For those of us who have been told that the Christian life is a stoic, steady life, the Psalter is the evidence to the contrary and the antidote for a healthy emotional outlet of all that is within us. The Psalms give us permission to rage, express disbelief, and grieve before God.
During this six-week series, we will hear from several preachers how particular Psalms have spoken to the cry of their own hearts, how they have prayed and meditated on these Psalms before God and how you can begin to pray the Psalms yourself.